Once a new fitness craze grows in popularity, we know it won’t be long before it enters our gyms and exercise classes. Join us as we remember some of the past decade’s strangest fitness fads…
Run in socks and ditch your shoes
The craze began in 2010 when a group of runners made the decision to swap their running shoes for a type of running‘sock’. Those who supported the fitness fad said that running in trainers or running shoes can make you more prone to injury, as it encourages running with unnatural form. It’s also said that running barefoot strengthens the tiny muscles found in feet, ankles and legs which can also reduce the risk of injury.
You can still seek out groups to try out this form of the sport. However, if you’re considering it, you should be careful. Experts have said that switching to barefoot running without properly transitioning makes you prone to injuries. Only try this one if you’re willing to practise walking barefoot before running.
Bring your heels to the gym?
Interestingly, working out in high heels has been found to offer various benefits. Research has suggested that even walking in high-heels (below three inches) can shape the calves and improve muscle tone and shape.
Grab your heels and perform lunges, squats and lift small weights to see the difference. Your balance can also be enhanced. It hasn’t been fully determined whether wearing high-heels for a workout can result in weight loss, but it can help you learn how to walk better in them.
The hot barre trend in 40 degrees
The popularity of the ‘hot barre’ fitness fad started out in Los Angeles and New York. This trend involves doing classical ballet moves in a room heated to 40 degrees, and it took off around2015. Advocates of the fad say that hot barre encourages you to gain a deeper stretch while helping you release toxins and feel detoxed. Then, as the body has to work hard to cool itself down, you can expect your metabolism to boost and number of burnt calories to increase.
There are similar ‘hot yoga’ classes that take place today. This is where classic mindfulness movements are performed in a heated pod — a guaranteed sweat stimulator.
Plogging involves litter picking
The fitness and environmental trend of plogging began earlier on in the year. However, some people haven’t looked back since. It’s a Scandinavian-based trend that encourages people to pick up litter while out running — improving health and the environment.
I’m sure you’re wondering how the word came about? The word jogging along with the Swedish phrase ‘plocka upp’ — meaning pick up — is where the term ‘plogging’ originates. The exercise part comes from running with intermittent squatting and lunging so you can pick up rubbish from the ground. It is an effective calorie burner too — fitness app Life sum estimates that a typical user will burn 288 calories from 30 minutes of plogging.
Ploggers have been making themselves known on social media too. Head to Facebook or Instagram and don’t be surprised to see images of people in running gear with plastic bags ready to fill with litter. Could we see this trend become widespread sometime soon?
Nobody can predict what the weird fitness fad of 2019 will be…
The research and creation of this article was carried out by Lee Dover, on behalf of a specialist provider of products for arthritic pain relief . Lee Dover is a senior copywriter at Mediaworks with an interest in healthcare as well as researching into healthier ways of living. He has a BA (Hons) in Magazine Journalism.